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The Scarlet Citadel (Conan (Original Short Stories) #2)

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Robert Ervin Howard (1906-1936) was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. He is well known for having created the character Conan the Cimmerian, a literary icon whose pop-culture imprint can be compared to such icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond. Voracious reading, along with a na ...more
Paperback, 52 pages
Published February 29th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published January 1933)
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Alex James
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This was another great Conan story, more complex than The Phoenix on the Sword. There is a battle described, and the consequences of treachery are explained more. There were more sorcery elements involved than with The Phoenix on the Sword.

The prose was fantastic as well. Some of the writing makes very good writing look stale: ‘As a thunderbolt strikes, Conan struck, hurtling through the ranks by sheer power and velocity’.

I must say, despite my observation that Conan stories tend to follow a pre
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John
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A man's man type of book. Bring out the beast and fight back to reclaim what you lost. Indiana Jones would wet his pants if he had to face the snake Conan deal with.
Perry Whitford
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The second of Robert E. Howard's original Conan Chronicles both starts and finishes in the best possible place for a Conan story- a bloody battlefield. Some time into his reign as the king of Aquilonia, Conan finds himself tricked into leaving his kingdom.
Traveling south with a small force seemingly in aid of King Amalrus of Ophir, the Cimmerian soon discovers that his former ally has betrayed him, decimating his overwhelmed army in concert with his supposed oppressor, Strabonus, king of Koth.

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Ulrich Krieghund
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the tenth day of the month Yuluk, of the year of the Gazelle, the barbarian king finds himself trapped in the dungeons beneath the Scarlet Citadel of the foul sorcerer Tsotha-lanti:

"Of this Kothian wizard dark tales were told; tousle-headed women in northern and western villages frightened children with his name, and rebellious slaves were brought to abased submission quicker than by the lash, with threat of being sold to him. Men said that he had a whole library of dark works bound in skin f
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Lance Lasalle
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Nothing deep here in this novella from the early thirties, at all. Just colorful action-packed stuff and great world-building. Not a deep theme or multi-faceted character in sight, and all the more satisfying for that. The middle third felt more like a synopsiss; oddly the novella could have easily been stretched to a novel. As it is, a King is captured, a kingdom invaded, a coup d'etat undertaken, overthrown, a revolution started and defeated, and the siege of a city by a 40 000 plus army broke ...more
Johnnie
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Full of intrigue, monsters, a giant snake and a battle against overwhelming odds. King Conan's kingdom has been taken by a magician in concert with a harsh tyrant seeking a throne. Conan must free himself from the dungeons of foul creatures, mass a small army and smash the pretenders to his kingdom, and he doe this with sword and a sorcerer of his own. However, we learn than Conan much prefers a sword that pieces flesh over the dark arts. This was an exciting thrill read.
Ailish
Dec 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp
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Seth
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an awesome tale of King Conan and his escape from a treacherous Wizard, who's intentions were to seize Aqualonia. It was just a really good time!
Katherine Simmons
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly enjoyable romp, giant snakes, living poisonous plants, and of course our hero battling against betrayal of allies to save his lands.
Riley
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Intense imagery and very deep lore.
ირაკლი სულაძე
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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კარგია, "თამარას ქუჩა" საინტერესო იყო :დ
თუმცა, საწყის მოთხრობებში პირდაპირ შუახნის კონანის გამოჩენა ცოტა უცნაურია მაინც.
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Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Another exciting Conan story!
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Robert Ervin Howard was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. Howard wrote "over three-hundred stories and seven-hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion" and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of "a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror."

He is well known for having created — in the p
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